Events and Programs

Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
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Program Schedule for 2018-2019

All events will be held at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse unless otherwise noted.  
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.

**** Seedling Sale 
Oder deadline-Wednesday April 3rd
Pick up date- Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Please pick up the seedlings you ordered. Pick up will be located in the upper parking lot behind the Large Pavilion. The Schuylkill County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all questions.

****Fly Tying Series 
Thursday 1/3, 1/10, and 1/17 from 6-8pm each date at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park clubhouse.
Join veteran fly fishermen Tony Mione and other members of Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited for an instructive evening aimed at a great outdoor sport. Whether you are experienced or just a beginner you will be sure to pick up some tips and swap some fish stories.
Free and open to the public
All materials provided!
Classes limited to 25 people (Please call before they fill up)
Refreshments will be available for a Donation.
You Must Register ahead by calling Tony Mione 717-979-0235 

****Fire & Ice Winter Fest  
Sunday, January 20, 2 - 5 pm at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse
Winter fun for everyone! Join us at Sweet Arrow Lake as we enjoy winter with Fire & Ice.
Fire up hotdogs over an open fire 
Enjoy a homemade ice-cream making demo 
Compete in the Fire Hot Chili Cook-off.
Musical entertainment by Jesse Wade
Ice Dive presented by the Schuylkill Haven Dive Rescue & Recovery Team (weather permitting)
Healthy Chocolate Dream presentation & Mexican Hot Chocolate provided by nutrition education adviser Kim Woodford with Penn State Cooperative Extension.
Advance registration is required to participate in the chili competition by calling Diakon at 570-624-3018.
Free Admission: cost for some activities
All ages welcome.

***Groundhog Day At Sweet Arrow Lake County Park 
Grover the Groundhog is still cozy and snoozing in his burrow but will emerge to be with us at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 to make his weather prediction.  
Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 AM
 Adults $6, 12 and under $4
After the prediction at 9:00 am, entertainment by Matthew Dodd will include stories and songs. 
Enjoy Chinese “Groundhog” Auction.  
The festivities are free and open to the public.
For info call 570.345.8952 or email  
This program is free and open to the public and is suitable for all ages.

****Forest Forensics
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 2- 4 pm. Meet at the large Pavilion near Clubhouse.  
Experience the forest firsthand while investigating the intricacies of the forest ecosystem, and the relationship between forest plants and man’s activities. Enjoy this leisurely stroll with Frank Snyder, retired forester and forest ecologist, and leave with a better understanding of the magnificent forests that surrounds us here in Schuylkill County.
Be sure to dress for the weather. This program is free and open to the public. All ages welcome! 
Program is cosponsored with the Schuylkill County Conservancy.

****Cabin Fever Hike 
Saturday, February 23 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Shake off those winter blahs by enjoying a crisp walk outdoors with “Porcupine Pat.” This walk will invigorate you as we check for winter weeds, winter birds, and enjoy winter scenery. Meets in the Clubhouse parking lot.  

****Break the Ice Oldies Dance 
Friday March 1st from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse.
Warm it up at the clubhouse by dancing to our country music DJ.
Admission: $10 at door. For tickets call Susan at 570-624-3018

****The Bugman
Friday, March 8 @ 7pm at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse. 
 Ryan “the Bugman” Bridge has been involved with the study of insects for over 40 years. He has been presenting insect education programs for groups of all ages and says “everyone loves insects… they just don’t know it yet!” Ryan will join us at the Clubhouse to present “Mother Nature’s Miracles.” This program will cover basic Entomology and anatomy, as well as a quick look at insect relatives (spiders, scorpions, etc). Discussion on ecology and importance of insects, followed by defense strategies and life cycle will lead to some incredible displays of world-wide insects, many of which are the largest species in the world. The audience will have a chance to pet a LIVE bug (or related Critter) and Q-and-A will allow the group to get answers to whatever questions they may have about insects.
This program is FREE and open to the public. This program is sponsored by the Sweet Arrow Lake Conservation Association and is made possible with the help of a grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. For info call 570-345-8952

****Savvy Stewardship 
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2- 4 pm. Meet at the large Pavilion near Clubhouse. 
Develop your stewardship skills in caring for woodlands including the trees, wildlife, and water resources. Learn how to properly prune a branch from a tree, select trees for home heating fuelwood while leaving the best for wildlife and timber, rejuvenate mature apple trees back into production, and many more easy to do and practical stewardship tips that you can use on your property. The walk and how to demonstrations will be conducted by Frank Snyder, retired forester and certified arborist.  
Be sure to dress for the weather. This program is free and open to the public. All ages welcome! 
Program is cosponsored with the Schuylkill County Conservancy.

****Lanternfly Program
Wednesday March 20th at 6:00 PM in the clubhouse
This session will include information on the introduction and biology of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly. Also included will be the potential hazardous effects of this species on the environment, economy, and our quality of life. Methods of control will be covered in the presentation. Presented by Kyle Schutt the Insect Management Technician for the Schuylkill Conservation District. The program length could vary from 30min – 60 min with time for questions.

****Indians of the Great Lakes and Beyond
Sunday March 31st from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse. 
This program slide show will present the culture and environment of Indians living in the Great Lakes Region. Cultural items of the people will be presented by Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy. 

****Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Days
March 23 in the Regional Opening Day Counties (this includes Schuylkill) and April 6, 2019 Statewide.
The current plan is to stock Sweet Arrow Lake on that Saturday March 23rd. (details on the stocking not yet finalized).

To participate a youth (less than 16 years old) must obtain a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or a Voluntary Youth Fishing License and be accompanied by an angler 16 years of age or older who possess a current Pennsylvania Fishing License and Trout/Salmon Permit. YOUTH ANGLERS are permitted to keep two (2) trout with a minimum size of 7 inches. ADULT ANGLERS are permitted to fish but ARE NOT PERMITTED to keep, catch, kill or possess trout. Fishing is permitted on all Stocked Trout Waters except those under Special Regulations. Keep in mind that it is NOT PERMITTED to keep, catch, kill or possess trout on waters that are not Stocked Trout Waters (the season is still closed on these waters).

Information on the Mentored Youth Fishing Program is available on the Pa Fish and Boat Commission website at

*** PA Basic Boating Course 
Saturday, April 20th 8:00am – 4:30pm at the Clubhouse (1/2 hour lunch break – lunch is not provided) 

Sweet Arrow Lake County Park and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are sponsoring a Basic Boating Education Course at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park on April 20th, 2019 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

A Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate is required for all Pennsylvania residents born on or after January 1, 1982, to operate any boat greater than 25 horsepower and all operators of Personal Watercraft (commonly called jet skis). The course is scheduled for eight hours with a ½ hour lunch break (lunch is not provided). The course includes all necessary materials. Successful completion of the examination at the end of the course will result in the issuance of a temporary boating safety education certificate and enable the student to apply for a permanent boating safety education certificate.

Pre-registration is required. For pre-registration please contact Drew Kline at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park at 570-527-2505

****Family Fun Fishing Year Long Event 
Kick-Off Event - Sunday, May 5th  6:30AM - 1:30PM

Top Prizes $1,000,$750,$500,$250 cash, Innovative Reel Technologies 300 Model Spinning Reel made in Pine Grove ($750 value). These prizes will be tag number specific.

Pre-registration postmarked by April 15
Individual $15 – includes one $5 food voucher and 1 tagged fish prize *chance
*Household Family $30 – includes one $10 food voucher and 2 tagged fish prize chances

Registration after April 15 – May 5 
Individual $25 – includes one $5 food voucher and 1 tagged fish prize chance
 *Household Family $45 – includes one $10 food voucher and 2 tagged fish prize chances

First 150 kids age 3-12 to register will receive a gift.  
All family members may fish but all persons 16 years old and older must have a PA Fishing License.
Prizes for tagged fish redeemable at A&A Bait Shop till day before event but you must be registered by May 5, 2019 to be eligible.  
All Tag prizes that are not redeemed by day before 2019 event will be drawn from list of previous year’s registrants at 1pm at 2020 kickoff event.
100 Lunkers, average 20 inches and 2000 - 14-inch average Trout will be stocked. 
There will be 46 tagged fish worth $100 each stocked.

****Community Sunrise Service at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
6:30 AM Easter Sunday Morning, April 21st, 2019 at the point amphitheater in front of the Clubhouse.
Easter Devotional, Live Music. Everyone is Welcome
A breakfast will be served at no charge following the service.  
The Pastor of the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church will lead the service. This event is free and open to the public. Call 570-345-8422 for additional information.

**** Fish for free at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park 
Sunday, May 26 and July 4th  
Some things in life are free. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission allows anyone, resident or non-resident to fish without a fishing license. It is the perfect way to reacquaint yourself to the sport or introduce someone young or old to a lifetime of the sport of fishing. Fish-for-free days are held twice a year and apply to all waters of the Commonwealth. All other fishing regulations still apply.

**** Introduction to Canoeing and Kayaking
May 27th starting at 2:00 PM. Meet at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse.
Ever want to try canoeing or kayaking? This program will introduce you to the basics of boating safety, paddling and control. Preregistration is required. Number of participants will be limited. Suitable for teens and adults. Call 570-345-8952 to register. This program is free.

****Memorial Day Concert 
May 27th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Large Pavilion by the Clubhouse.
Band TBA
Seating will be in the yard in front of the pavilion so please bring a blanket or lawn chair.

****How Indians Communicated with Beads, Rock Carvings, and Painted Trees
Sunday, June 9th from 2-3pm, at the Large Pavilion 
Children will make a Petroglyph Rock to take home. Program presented by Dave “Big Owl McSurdy”. 

(Camps to be held in the pavilion near Clubhouse)
Wildlife Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  
Wildlife Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. 

Eagles, animals, trees and water are just some of the backdrop that can make for a great summer outdoor program. Children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring and learning about plants and animals especially at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove.

Your child can register for one of two outdoor camps to be held for children ages 4-9. Two camps are offered and include: Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. or Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 25 to Thursday, June 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The camps will be led by “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District and are being run on a “donation only” basis. “We want to make the camps available to all children regardless of ability to pay.” “You can pay for one day or all three days, whatever you decide is fine.” The focus of each camp is learning about wildlife, insects, plants and will include fun activities designed to stimulate curiosity and natural awareness. These camps are sponsored by the Snayberger Memorial Foundation and the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. All campers must be pre-registered and you can do so by contacting “Porcupine Pat” at the conservation district at 570-391-3326 or via email

**** Annual 4th of July Concert in the Park
Thursday, July 4th. Concert begins at 6:00 PM.
Enjoy the Patriotic Sounds of the Pine Grove Community Band. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the concert at beautiful Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.  
Come early and take a walk on the boardwalk and trails. Enjoy the view of the falls, do some fishing, boating or spend some time simply relaxing in the Park.
The concert begins at 6:00 PM and is free to the public.

****Sneak A Peak at the Creek
 Saturday, July 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. A good way to cool off and also better appreciate the aquatic critters in a creek study of the Upper Little Swatara Creek. Join “Porcupine Pat” in a water adventure in search of mayflies, crayfish, water pennies and more! Meets in the Clubhouse parking lot. Recommended for ages 6+. All equipment is provided or you can bring your own.  

**** Full Moon Clambake and Night Float 
Saturday, August 17th, from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Pavilion and Clubhouse. Enjoy a clambake and then canoe/kayak under the moon. Bring your own if you have it. Don’t forget the pfd’s and lights. 6:00 – 7:00PM Clambake, 9:00 PM - Kayaking and canoeing. A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available to rent at $5.00 (half price) on a first come basis. For boat rentals call Denise at 570-345-8952  
Pre-registration is required. To preregister call Susan at 570-624-3018.

****Wee Ones Walk—Autumn Adventure
Saturday, October 5 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake. Heighten your child’s natural curiosity during a sensory nature walk with “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District. The walk focuses on colors, textures, shapes, sounds and smells found in nature. Recommended for children ages 3 and above.  

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